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Coffee -- Urn Bag Method

1945 Cook Book of the United States Navy
Page 35

Yield: Approx. 6 gallons
1 cup (approx. 8 ounces)

Water, freshly drawn, cold --- 6-1/4 gal.
Coffee, regular Navy grind 3 lbs. 3-3/4 qt.


  1. Pour water into hot water boiler. Heat to boiling temperature.

  2. Fill jacket of coffee urn with water 3/4 full as indicated on the gauge glass. Maintain temperature of this water at 185o F to 190o F.

  3. Rinse urn bag with clear, cold water. Place in position in empty urn, in which coffee is to be made, making sure that both the urn bag and urn ring are correct size.

  4. Place coffee in urn bag.

  5. Draw off boiling water, 1 gallon at a time. Pour slowly in a curricular motion over coffee in bag. Keep covered between pouring of each gallon of water to keep heat and aroma in the coffee brew.

  6. Repour 4 gallons brewed coffee over coffee grounds.

  7. Remove urn bag and coffee grounds, immediately after all the brewed coffee has dripped through.

  8. Draw off 1 gallon brewed coffee. Repour into urn to insure uniform strength throughout the brew.

  9. Hold finished coffee at temperature of 185o F to 190o F until served.

  10. Empty coffee grounds from urn bag. Rinse bag thoroughly in clear, cold water. Keep submerged in cold water until used again.


  1. If urn is not equipped with hot water boiler, heat water for brewing coffee in a separate utensil.

  2. The jacket water is used to keep coffee warm and must not be used for brewing coffee.

  3. In making larger quantities of coffee, repour 2/3 of brew over coffee grounds.

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